THE number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has today fallen to their lowest levels in seven weeks.
The Office for National Statistics figures revealed that Covid fatalities for the week ending May 22 were 2,589 – down from 3,810 in the week ending May 15.
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And the number of fatalities in England and Wales hospitals are now 24 deaths lower than the five-year average.
In a sign the tide is slowly turning against coronavirus, the percentage of deaths involving the deadly bug continued to decrease across all English regions.
The figures today showed there were 2,589 deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales registered in the week ending May 22 – the lowest weekly number recorded in the last seven weeks.
Out of all deaths involving the deadly bug in England and Wales, 64 per cent – 28,159 deaths – occurred in hospital, the ONS said.
Another 29 per cent were recorded in care homes with 5 per cent in private homes, 1 per cent in hospices, 0.4 per cent in other communal establishments, and 0.4 per cent elsewhere.
Key findings from the ONS
- The real death toll from coronavirus is about 10,000 above the official figure
- The number of coronavirus fatalities dropped to its lowest rate in seven weeks
- One in five deaths involved coronavirus in the week ending May 22
- 43,837 deaths involving coronavirus were registered in England and Wales between 28 December 2019 and 22 May 2020
- The South East recorded 409 fatalities, the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in that week
And the number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began is now just under 62,000.
Excess deaths is a count of deaths from all causes compared to what would have been expected at the same point in the year.
It comes after it was yesterday revealed almost half of hospital trusts in England have reported no coronavirus-related deaths over the past 48 hours.
The figures released on Monday show 65 hospital trusts (49.6 per cent) did not record a Covid-19 death over a 48-hour period.
Despite the optimistic figures, researchers warned death figures from the weekend always tend to be lower than on weekdays due a lag in reporting.
Extra deaths were also slipped into the government figures yesterday.
It comes after Brits have been warned that another lockdown could be put in place if there is a second spike in cases.
Yesterday marked a slight easing of lockdown restrictions, with gatherings of up to six people now permitted as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.
Speaking at yesterday's Downing Street press briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "We are attempting to move the system from these national, blanket measures to a more targeted approach.
"This is why test and trace is such an important part of that.
"But we have always said that we are prepared to reintroduce measures – whether that is nationally or in response to a localised outbreak – if that is necessary."
The government has previously said that once systems to monitor new cases around the country are in place, regional lockdowns could be imposed to address localised outbreaks.
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Critics say the rules could create confusion – for example, visitors can eat a barbecue cooked by someone from another household. But they're advised to bring their own chair to sit in.
It was previously revealed that sex in your own home with a person from another household is now illegal as a result of the new coronavirus regulations.
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